Understanding What Got Your Disability Claim Denied

Why Was My Disability Claim Denied

Why Was My Disability Claim Denied?

The process of applying for Social Security disability can be a long and tricky road, and unfortunately not all cases get approved during the first stage. It’s easy to look over your application, think about your condition, and see all of the reasons you should be granted SSD—and that’s exactly why many people are left asking, “Why was my disability claim denied?”

Here’s a list explaining what parts of your SSD application likely got your disability claim denied:

Insufficient Medical Evidence

Because you know your condition so well, you may feel you’ve provided sufficient evidence for someone else to get an understanding of it and how it makes you disabled. However, the truth is that a lack of medical evidence is one of the biggest reasons individuals get their disability claim denied. It’s not enough to simply include the basics or an overview of your illness. You need to provide a thorough and detailed testimonial citing all sources of medical treatment at doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics and specialty treatment centers. You also need to include every health care provider’s name who you’ve seen, what treatment was prescribed and on what date, and how you responded. This list should go back as far as to when you believe your disability started.

Lack of Quality Evidence

Not only does your evidence need to be detailed, but it should have substance as well. This means it’s imperative that you keep up with regular doctor visits, which will be displayed in your records, and you abide by any current treatment plans. Additionally, it’s in your best interest to keep the lines of communication open with your health care providers so they can honestly fill out visit notes with as much detail as possible. The reason for this is because if there’s little written proof to explain your disability, then you can’t very well expect the SSA to believe that you have one.

Failure To Cooperate

In some cases, you may have refused or forgotten to complete a task the SSA requested. If so, that alone may have gotten your disability claim denied. If you did not release your medical records to the SSA, then the agency will likely mark your disability claim denied. Additionally, the SSA may need more information from you to determine your outcome, so it may ask you to undergo a consultative exam to provide the organization with more medical evidence. The SSA may also request that you complete a residual functional capacity form to ascertain if there is any sort of work you can do. With this, it will gauge your ability to sit, stand, walk, carry things, file, interact with co-workers and concentrate. Failure to provide these could result in insufficient evidence, which may also get your disability claim denied.

Get Legal Assistance With Your Claim To Improve Your Approval Odds

Since this process is a tricky one and the hope is get to approval from the start, you might want to consider talking to an SSD attorney or advocate who can help. These professionals have the background knowledge and expertise needed to help you understand what it is that the SSA is looking for and what you need to include your application to have the best chance of an approval. If you already received notice you had your disability claim denied, you can still appeal the SSA’s decision. Disability advocates and lawyers can help with the Social Security disability approval process as well as filing appeals.

None of the previous tips provided will help if you do not meet Social Security’s basic definition for disability. This means you’re disabled for at least one year or until death and not be able to work any job that would provide you with gainful employment. Some mental and physical conditions are listed in the SSA’s Blue Book, and for these you need to meet the criteria. For other ailments, you must prove you’re disabled, which is sometimes challenging (like depression, for example). If you’re still unsure what part of your application got your disability claim denied, a lawyer can review your paperwork for free. To see if you may qualify for legal assistance with your claim, click the button below to start your free benefits evaluation now.

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